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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Fishers

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a dog or cat or are thinking about getting one in the near future, you’ll want to rent a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers.  However, “pet-friendly” can seem quite vague. Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from property to property. Some pet-friendly properties might really give you the option to have a a pet, but with breed or size restrictions. Other Fishers apartments may even have amenities for your pet like dedicated parks for your dog to play or free waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, what criteria should you use to locate one that is perfect for you and your pet?

Start By Reviewing The Property’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as friendly to dogs and cats as the apartment community’s pet policy. This policy details the guidelines you must follow in regard to pet ownership. Some pet policies give great flexibility and permit you to have any pet you want. Some don’t allow certain the types of dogs you can keep. Others may limit how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And some other policies forbid dogs altogether and only let you have cats or small animals such as hamsters.

Few apartments place restrictions on cat breeds. It’s more common to have a pet policy that has limits on the number of animals that are permitted in a single household. There also may be extra charges connected to your pets, such as increased monthly rent or costs for cleaning when you move out, or a pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t mean that the property isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you and your pet fit the parameters. But if you have a dog such as a Great Dane or an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are caring for a whole bunch of kittens, you should probably carefully read over the policy before signing the lease with the property.

Check The Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Fishers apartment community

Just like you would investigate the pool on your in-person tour, be sure to check out the pet accommodations. Dedicated areas for your dog to play help your pup burn off excess energy and make new friends. Frequent walking stations with waste disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help maintain the community. Some apartments even have organized pet playdates or grooming discounts for residents!

Although these amenities for pets look wonderful on paper, the true test of their friendliness to pets is how well they’re kept up. If the area for dogs to play hasn’t been mowed and is covered in trash, then it’s more or less useless. Properties that welcome pets make certain that waste disposal bags are consistently refilled and that the trash cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you schedule your tour of the community in Fishers, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets are as well-cared for as the accommodations for the human residents.

Read Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you can’t determine whether a property is a good place for a pet or not, be sure to take a look at reviews on the Fishers apartment. Many people who live in apartments view their pets as an important part of the family and willingly share their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You might find out that the maintenance staff carries doggie treats to pass out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the office organizes a pet adoption event with the humane society. You probably are safe to put those in the pet-friendly category.

Reviews will also expose the complexes that refuse to give back deposits when you move out because of costs associated with pet cleaning, or those who impose exorbitant rent for pets. Just don’t let one single unflattering review sway you, but if you see a lot of displeased dog and cat owners, then you may think about looking at another complex.

The Flats at Switch Can Be Your New Place In Fishers For Both You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers, make sure to take a look at The Flats at Switch. We’re happy to to have you visit the apartment where you and your pet can be happy. Just give us a call at 317-597-5275 or click the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have virtual tours! If you are unable to make it to the property, check out our detailed virtual tours.